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  • DelStar breaks ground on $2.5M warehouse expansion

  • DelStar Technologies is expected to begin construction this week on $2.5 million warehouse expansion in Middletown that company officials say will allow them to add jobs and increase production.
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  • DelStar Technologies is expected to begin construction this week on $2.5 million warehouse expansion in Middletown that company officials say will allow them to add jobs and increase production.
    “Obviously, a lot of manufacturing companies have chosen to move outside of the country, but we chose to expand here in Delaware,” DelStar President & CEO Mark Abrahams said at a May 9 groundbreaking ceremony for the project. “This is where are employees are. This is where we have a history of growth. And this is where we are confident in our ability to compete with anyone in the global market.”
    The Wilmington-based contracting firm, InSite Constructors, is slated to complete the 46,000-square-foot addition by early October.
    James Dickson, Delstar’s vice president of corporate engineering and technology, said the addition would triple the size of the facility’s current warehouse space and allow the thermoplastics manufacturer to increase production at its corporate headquarters in Middletown.
    “Right now, we can’t expand our manufacturing because our warehouse takes up a certain amount of room,” he said. “Once the addition is finished, we’ll move our warehousing operation over, which will free up space for more manufacturing equipment that’s being built for us now.”
    Dickson said the company has hired 11 new people in the last six months in anticipation of the expansion. Another 20 employees are expected to be added over the next year.
    “Most of those jobs will be in manufacturing, and will include positions such as operators, quality control, support staff and some additional warehouse people,” he said.
    The project is the first physical expansion of the 150,000-square-foot facility since DelStar was formed in 2001 through the merger of Hercules Inc.-spinoff AET Specialty Nets and Nonwoven Division and the Austin, Texas-based Nalle Plastics.
    Today, DelStart is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of thermoplastic nets and other components used in filtration, healthcare, automotive and industrial products.
    “You know that white pad in the center of any finger bandage,” Abrahams said. “No matter what brand of bandage you use, there’s a good chance you’ve been touched by one of our products, because we supply those pads for just about all of them. Any reverse osmosis water filter or desalination system most likely contains our components, as well.”
    Over the past decade, the company has added manufacturing facilities in California, Pennsylvania and China, one largest areas of growth for the $100-million-a-year business.
    DelStar currently employs about 500 people worldwide, including 162 people in Middletown.
    That’s more than four times the number of people who worked there when Plant Manager Jay Biddle joined the company in 1986.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Back then, we had 35 family members and we were referred to as the little place in the cornfield,” he said last week. “We’ve come a long way since then and as we break ground on this expansion project today, we’re starting a whole new chapter in DelStar history that will make our family even larger.”

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